The report analyzes health, education, and welfare problems from the perspective of work which plays a powerful role in the psychological, social, and economic aspects determining for many the quality of life. Work problems create repercussions in other parts of the social system. Documentary evidence on which the report is based consists of literature on work reviewed by the ten members of the Task Force, interviews with blue and white collar workers, and fifty papers prepared by specialists. Six chapters examine and discuss: 1) the functions of work, noting that many adults not only lack the opportunity to work but are generally dissatisfied with jobs which fail to keep pace with changes in worker attitudes, aspirations, and values; 2) the effects of work problems of discontented workers who feel their work is not challenging; 3) the physical and mental health costs of jobs; 4) the keystone of the report which is the redesign of work to allow workers to participate in decision making processes affecting their lives; 5) worker self-renewal programs which allow for additional education and training; and 6) the Federal policy in relation to the creation of jobs, manpower, and welfare. Although the report does not contain a summary list of recommendations, there are implied recommendations. (SJM)
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Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Special Task Force on Work in America.